Saudi Arabia gifts Qur’an to thousands at Tunis book fair

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A representative of Saudi Arabia's King Fahd Complex for the Printing of the Holy Qur’an distribute copies of the Holy Qur’an to participants of the 35th Tunis International Book Fair in Tunisia on April 11, 2019. (SPA)
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Children participate in a drawing workshop during the Tunis Book Fair. (SPA)
Updated 12 April 2019
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Saudi Arabia gifts Qur’an to thousands at Tunis book fair

TUNIS: Thousands of copies of the Holy Qur’an have been handed out to visitors flocking to the Kingdom’s pavilion at the 35th Tunis International Book Fair.
A varied program of activities has seen the Saudi exhibition area swamped on a daily basis by people attending the popular annual event in the Tunisian capital.
Copies of the Qur’an produced in different languages ​​and editions by the King Fahd Complex for the Printing of the Holy Qur’an, were given to thousands of visitors to the Saudi pavilion.
The King Fahd Complex seeks to teach, print and distribute the Qur’an to Muslims in various cultural forums around the world.
The children’s corner of the pavilion has also proved a popular attraction, offering story-telling sessions and initiatives aimed at encouraging youngsters to express themselves through drawing and painting.
Information was also provided on a range of scholarships offered by the Kingdom to Saudi and foreign students, particularly in the area of science.
Visitors to the Kingdom’s pavilion were welcomed with dates and Arabic coffee and were able to meet representatives of 25 bodies including ministries, libraries, universities and literary clubs. More than 1,500 books covering subjects including science, education, and cultural were also on offer.


Saudi Arabia's King Salman offers $1m to International Civil Aviation Organization

Updated 17 June 2019
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Saudi Arabia's King Salman offers $1m to International Civil Aviation Organization

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has provided $1 million to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the Saudi Press Agency reported Monday.

The announcement came as part of the “Kingdom’s efforts in supporting international organizations and bodies and the leadership’s keenness to play an important role in the most important international and regional organizations,” SPA said.

The aid will go towards supporting ICAO’s No Country Left Behind (NCLB) initiative, which aims to assist developing countries in applying the standards and recommended methods for the safety and security of civil aviation.

The aid will also contribute to the costs of translating the organization’s documents and publications into Arabic.

The President of the Kingdom’s General Authority for Civil Aviation (GACA), Abdulhadi bin Ahmed Al-Mansouri thanked King Salman for his support to the aviation sector locally, regionally and globally, 

He said: “this contributes to the development of the aviation industry and to improve the safety and security of civil aviation in developing countries, least developed countries and island states.

The $1 million of financial assistance is an extension of the Kingdom's previous financial support in 2016 which “ the level of safety and security of civil aviation in the Middle East and Africa," Al-Mansouri said.

Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu, the ICAO’s president, thanked the king for the support.